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COVID-19: K-12 Schools

Additional information, reference these resources and studies from the DHS COVID-19 schools page.
Dr. Ryan Westergaard, DHS Chief Medical Officer:
Online Resources
Louise Wilson, DPI School Nurse Consultant:
DPI Online Resources
DHS encourages Wisconsin schools to learn more about COVID-19 testing and vaccination resources available for schools through the following links.

June 7, 2021
This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The
COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information
will be updated as it becomes available.
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COVID-19 Vaccines for
Children and Teens

CDC recommends COVID-19
vaccination for everyone ages 12 and older. Learn more
about what you and your child or teen can do 
when you have been fully vaccinated. Children 12 and
older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.
Search  vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829,
or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you. 

Children With Special Needs

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: New Resources Available to Help Connect Youth Ages 12 to 15 With Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

On Wednesday, May 12, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced children ages 12 to 15 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses for full protection and is the first and currently only vaccine available for this age group. 

The Pfizer vaccine is safe, and early results show the vaccine is 100% effective at preventing COVID-19 infection in this age group.

Resources to Share With Parents

Connecting Your Community to Vaccinators

The COVID-19 Partner Resources DHS webpage includes resources to help you plan for connecting your community to vaccines:

Insurance Reminder

The vaccine is free for everyone, regardless of whether or not they have insurance:

  • Some vaccinators may ask for insurance information, but recipients cannot be charged for the appointment or the vaccine itself.
  • If someone is charged for the vaccine, they should contact the vaccinator and ask that the charge be removed. They should then email DHS to report the charge.

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